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JRCT
23rd October 2015, 14:34
I had the original iPhone when it came out and loved it. Never upgraded but moved to Android for my last 3-4 phones.

The wife has an iPhone and doesn't care about me trying to persuade her of the benefits of Android and we also have a new Mac at home so now that my phone is knacked and I have to replace, I'm considering falling in line and getting an iPhone again.

Should I bother switching or stick with Android? My last 2 phones have been Sony and I really like them. I know I can still interface with stuff on my Mac, but it's not quite as clean as having them all the same.

northernladuk
23rd October 2015, 14:51
Purely personal choice IMO. You'll never convince a die hard Apple fan to convert to Android on tech specs and evidence alone. Just the same reason you wouldn't get me converting to Apple for the same reasons.

Both must be OK operating systems with great points and some bum points. It's not like one works and the other doesn't. Have to look at other factors like the handset and integration in to other stuff. I have Samsung TV's, Surround sound and so on so Apple wouldn't be the best choice etc. If your wife is on Apple and you have Mac's and iPads around the house then I think there is a strong case for Apple there, depending on how much integration you do of course.

Personally the idea of swapping to a phone that costs you 600 quid and you have to pay 50 quid a time for a screen every time your drop it is ludicrous but that's me. The number of people I see with their wonderful Apples but have a cracked screen is staggering. Just.. why??

SlipTheJab
23rd October 2015, 15:32
I went from a 3G iPhone to a Galaxy S2 then S4 and am now back with a iPhone 6+ once they decided to offer larger screens, couldn't be happier with it, no lag, never crashes and build quality/battery life is great. Am a Mac user so it all integrates together nicely. Wouldn't go back to Android now.

LucidDementia
24th October 2015, 08:38
There's no mileage in the debate any more, impossible to convince anyone to change their spots I find.

That said if you opt for Apple you're a fool. :D

BigRed
24th October 2015, 10:32
Windows phone 10 on the 940XL is the way forwards :tongue

sal
26th October 2015, 10:05
What NLUK said, it's liek the age old debate which one is better BMW or Mercedes, Ferrari or Lamborghini, at the end of the day it mostly comes down to personal preference.

Personally I prefer Apple as the experience is consistent (both the good and the bad sides) and as with all apple products just works. With Android it's a hit and miss, will your handset get the latest update, are the specs be enough to run it smoothly etc.

Pondlife
28th October 2015, 14:07
I think that since gmail, dropbox etc are platform independent it's purely down to personal preference.

I have a MBP, ipad and iphone. Mrs P has Lenovo lappy, kindle fire and an iphone.

We do use notes synced via gmail acct on the iphones but I'm sure there are other cross platform apps that do the same. Gmail and Dropbox all the way and pick a phone you like.

unixman
28th October 2015, 14:26
I have had only one smart phone, Samsung Android. Must say I am a bit curious about the other side.

The worst thing about Android I have found to be the quality of the apps market. Apps seem to fall into 3 categories:

1. Good/great apps.
2. Okay apps which would be great if they weren't wrecked with advertising and attempts to monetize/stalk you.
3. Poor apps written in a bedroom by one guy. Usually awful with poor monetization attempts.


Examples:
1. C:geo
2. Myfitnesspal
3. Alarm clock Xtreme.

fullyautomatix
28th October 2015, 16:48
I would say wait for SurfacePhone, its the most eagerly anticipated smartphone ever. Together with SurfaceBook ( which has blown away the Macbook by a few miles ), it has to be the best competition to Apple in many years.

VectraMan
28th October 2015, 17:22
I have had only one smart phone, Samsung Android. Must say I am a bit curious about the other side.

The worst thing about Android I have found to be the quality of the apps market. Apps seem to fall into 3 categories:

1. Good/great apps.
2. Okay apps which would be great if they weren't wrecked with advertising and attempts to monetize/stalk you.
3. Poor apps written in a bedroom by one guy. Usually awful with poor monetization attempts.

Who cares about apps? As said once you have GMail and a browser that's most of what you're going to need. I have a couple of other things, but nothing I use a lot.

Having recently had it explained to me how to go about submitting an App to Apple I'm amazed they have any apps in their app store.

SueEllen
28th October 2015, 20:18
I have had only one smart phone, Samsung Android.

You must be 8 or 80. So probably the latter as you have to be an adult to be on this site.

JRCT
29th October 2015, 10:53
you have to be an adult to be on this site.

I question that every day.

MicrosoftBob
29th October 2015, 12:07
I would say wait for SurfacePhone, its the most eagerly anticipated smartphone ever. Together with SurfaceBook ( which has blown away the Macbook by a few miles ), it has to be the best competition to Apple in many years.

Microsoft phone hardware has been great for a few years now, it's the lack of quality apps that is the problem

Until that changes I don't care how good they are

unixman
29th October 2015, 14:01
Who cares about apps? As said once you have GMail and a browser that's most of what you're going to need. I have a couple of other things, but nothing I use a lot.

I use Hotmail rather than Gmail. Microsoft don't routinely read your email, whereas the big G does. Don't want to argue that arguable point though.

@SueEllen For years I was happy to stick with my 2006 LG flip phone. It was one of the smallest available, reliable and indestructible. Still regret leaving it in some ways. Particularly the voice recorder, which I really used - instantly operated by 2 hard buttons, flip, done. My Samsung Galaxy also has a recorder - buried down in the menus, unusable in daylight, requiring much interaction with the numb touch screen - I never use it.

One day we will have phones which are tiny but have a big screen too. Somehow, the screen will be bigger than the phone.

SueEllen
29th October 2015, 15:08
If the voice recorder is an app you just drag it onto your home screen

unixman
29th October 2015, 15:13
Yes I know. It is still too much faff to use though.

Scrag Meister
30th October 2015, 08:20
I am just coming up to the end of contract and am looking at Windows for a change, Lumia 950 XL looking good.

Not convinced just yet and if not it'll be a Note 5 if Samsung ever get there heads on straight and start selling them in the UK.

Would be interested in doing some programming on Win 10 on mobile.

fullyautomatix
30th October 2015, 09:31
Once you have had Windows you will never go back. The phones and apps are solid and work so better. I dont think they match the Iphone for fashion or functionality yet but SurfacePhone will blow the Iphone away for sure. I cant say much.

sal
30th October 2015, 09:43
Once you have had Windows you will never go back. The phones and apps are solid and work so better. I dont think they match the Iphone for fashion or functionality yet but SurfacePhone will blow the Iphone away for sure. I cant say much.

Nothing is going to blow the iphone away any time soon. Superior design, specs and features are not enough (Sony Experia for reference). Apple has achieved a fashion icon status for one. The integration between products inside their walled garden is second to none. They will have to do a major blunder RIM style in order to star loosing market share.

I have been curious to try a windows phone for a while now, but as a second phone, the convenience of the Apple stuff is just too good for me.

SlipTheJab
30th October 2015, 16:47
Once you have had Windows you will never go back. The phones and apps are solid and work so better. I dont think they match the Iphone for fashion or functionality yet but SurfacePhone will blow the Iphone away for sure. I cant say much.

Apples going nowhere as evidenced by the sales of the 6/6S, Windows phones competing with Apple/Android... really? :rollin: